We did it.
We surprised the kids.
On our way to visit family in Maryland, we stopped to eat breakfast around 10 am. We had all been in the van for 6 hours already, and the kids were hungry and tired. As they were eating their breakfast sandwiches from Dunkin, we told them we were about to go right next door to Hershey Park.
They were too tired to fully comprehend at first, but then got super excited (or as excited as teens and tweens can get!)
As a large family with a wide spread of ages to account for, there are not that many activities where everyone can have a good time at the same time! It's a sad downside to our awesome big family life, but it is a reality. When we can find a place like Hershey Park that accommodates all the ages (from 15 down to 1) and is large enough to keep them entertained but small enough to visit in one day, we are all over that!!